Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Musculoskeletal injuries are an inevitable result of sport participation. Tissue injury from sports can be classified as macrotraumatic and microtraumatic.
Macrotraumatic injuries are usually due to a strong force - such as a fall, accident, collision or laceration - and are more common in contact sports such as rugby. Forces commonly involved in acute injuries are either direct or indirect.
Microtraumatic injuries are chronic injuries that result from overuse of a structure such as a muscle, joint, ligament or tendon. This type of injury is more common in sports such as running, cycling and swimming.
Any repetitive activity can lead to an overuse injury. These type of injuries occur over a period of time, usually due to excessive and repetitive loading of the tissue, with symptoms presenting gradually. Little or no pain might be experienced in the early stages of such injuries.
The process of rehabilitation should start as early as possible after an injury and should be cohesive with other therapeutic interventions. Therapy can start before or directly after surgery, should an injury require surgical intervention. Our rehabilitation objective:
A rehabilitation plan is to take into account that the patient (athlete) is to return to the same activity and environment in which the injury occurred. Functional company after rehabilitation should be the same, if not better, than before the injury.
Our programmes take into account, and recreates the movements required when the athlete returns to the activity post injury. The aim is the return of the athlete to optimal function.
Prescription and Fitting Of Assistive Devices:
Assistive devices help maintain good alignment of the body and helps prevent the development of deformities. A physiotherapist will work with occupational therapists and orthotists to prescribe and fit various assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, and AFOs to name a few. A complete orthotic prescription should include the patient's diagnosis, consider the type of footwear to used, include the joints it encompasses and specify the desired bio-mechanical alignment, as well as the materials for fabrication.
ESWT (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy):
This is a non-surgical procedure used to cure chronic plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, tennis elbow, shoulder tendonitis and other chronic tendinopathies.
ESWT benefits patients because their condition can be treated extracorporeally, meaning outside of the body. Since ESWT is non-invasive, there is no lengthy recovery period, virtually no downtime or risk of causing further damage.